Response to Lavender Liberal’s Follow-Up
I understand your concern about Kostric because you researched his background.
But I’m still amazed at the amount of fear one guy with a sign and a gun can create, by just having a sign and a gun!
I suppose it’s simply a difference in where you live and what you’ve learned constitutes a threat.
The presence of people carrying guns (both concealed and in the open) was a common experience for me. You couldn’t distinguish a threat by the mere presence of a gun.
You had to look to their behaviour. Was it suspicious, outrageous, or in line with the situation?
To me, Kostric – holding his sign, carrying his gun, standing where he was told, not shouting epithets – was participating in the process.
Out in the open where he can be tagged and cataloged. In my experience, the people you have to worry about aren’t the people on the radar, it’s the people off.
So Kostric and his ilk are not a “threat”, but a mere concern to be watched.
The problem with watching for people that appear to be the next Timothy McVeigh is that the people who actually are the next McVeigh don’t look like it.
The threat isn’t the coyote standing in front of you, it’s the scorpion behind you.
If we spend too much time and energy giving power to the “nutters” like Kostric, we’ll miss the real threats when they come
crawling out from under the rock.
Perhaps you’re right and we don’t have anything to discuss, because Kostric’s actions don’t generate the same concern in me that they do in you.
And that’s the problem with any discussion, you have to find a common root to start from.
Our country is so diverse and yet so homogenized. It gives the appearance of a baseline unity based on shared experiences, but in reality that baseline is pretty thin.
Response to Lavander Liberal Post
I haven’t visited Kostric’s Myspace page and don’t know whether or not he is a nutbucket.
What bothers me is how people assume just because he’s carrying a gun that he is a nutbucket.
The Secret Service and local LEOs were all carrying guns. Are they nutbuckets?
Kostric had a right, Constitutionally and under state law, to carry a gun – as does every other citizen in New Hampshire.
Why should exercising that right automatically categorize him as a nutbucket?
That reaction is demonstrative of how fearful we’ve become as a nation.
Not just of people who have guns, but against anyone who espouses an opinion (by word or act) contrary to whatever is the prevailing opinion climate.
In 2001, if you spoke out against the Patriot act you were un-American.
In 2009, if you speak out against health care reform you’re un-American (and whatever other epithet comes to mind).
I would think people in LGBTIU community would be especially sensitive to the stereotypical assumptions about who you are as a person based upon what you’re wearing or who you’re holding hands with.
Of course I knew before I started writing this response that I was wrong.
People are people, regardless of their community or experiences.
People are conditioned to mistrust first, make assumptions next, and (maybe) ask questions later.
Is it any wonder misanthropy and separatism is so appealing to many diverse groups?